Single mom in Phoenix to get treatment for 3-year-old with cancer

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3-year-old Ayden Brown. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) 3-year-old Ayden Brown. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
(Source: Lindsey Licari) (Source: Lindsey Licari)

A mom fighting to get her son the best treatment for his cancer brought him to Phoenix to see specialists at Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

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Lindsey Licari's three-year-old son, Ayden Brown, was feeling fine for his birthday party about ten days ago. But then he started complaining of pain, and soon he couldn't walk. It has been a hard week-and-a-half for this young warrior, who has spent two years fighting for his life. 

"Ayden was diagnosed at 13 months with stage 3 Rhabdomyosarcoma," Licari said.

The cancer is aggressive, and has progressed to stage 4, with tumors developing in the lining of his lungs and spreading.

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"He's such a strong kid, so now to see his body breaking down, it's hard for him," Licari said. "He's angry."

Ayden and his mom are from Las Vegas. Though Licari is happy with the treatment he's getting at Phoenix Children's Hospital, they don't to be here. 

"He wants to go home," Licari said. "As soon as we pulled up to the hospital, he was ready to go. His whole life is in hospitals."

The medication he's on will hopefully shrink his tumors, so they can be surgically removed.

"They're not counting Ayden out," Licari said. "He's still on hospice, he's getting care here. He's in a lot of pain, but they're monitoring his pain."

Their story has gone viral, with many people helping their GoFundMe page, and their foundation, Ayden's Army of Angels. This little boy has already inspired so many to keep fighting, and one day, find a cure. 

"These kids need help, and we're buying cars and clothes and sodas," Licari said. "If every person gave a dollar to cancer research, these kids wouldn't be fighting for their lives, they wouldn't be missing their childhoods."

To visit the website for Ayden's Army of Angels, click here.

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Lindsey ReiserLindsey Reiser is a Scottsdale native and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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Lindsey Reiser

Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

She is proud to serve as a member of United Blood Services’ Community Leadership Council, a volunteer advisory board for the UBS of Arizona.

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